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CHRIST THE SAVIOR Orthodox Mission

JUNE 16: Holy Pentecost

 

Welcome to Christ the Savior Orthodox Mission.  Here arethose portions of the liturgy that change from week to week.  For those portions that are fixed, a separate handout is available.  You are welcome to join with us in song and prayer.  You are also welcome to join us for an Agape luncheon after the liturgy.

 

In the Church’s annual liturgical cycle, Pentecost is “the last and great day.” It is the celebration by the Church of the coming of the Holy Spirit as the end—the achievement and fulfillment—of the entire history of salvation. For the same reason, however, it is also the celebration of the beginning: it is the “birthday” of the Church as the presence among us of the Holy Spirit, of

the new life in Christ, of grace, knowledge, adoption to God and holiness.

( at the Divine Liturgy)

The First Antiphon

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork.   (Ps. 18/19:1)

Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. (Ps 18/19:2)

Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

Their proclamation has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the universe. (Ps 18/19:4)

Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

The Second Antiphon

The Lord answer thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob protect thee! (Ps.19/20:1)

 

Refrain: O Gracious Comforter, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia!

May He send thee help from the sanctuary and give thee support from Zion!   (Ps 19/20:2)

Refrain: O Gracious Comforter, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia!

May He remember all thy offerings, and fulfill all thy plans!  (Ps 19/20:3)

Refrain: O Gracious Comforter, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Only-begotten Son

 

The Third Antiphon

In Thy strength the king rejoices, O Lord, and exults greatly in Thy salvation.  (Ps. 20/21:1)

Tone 8Troparion​​​

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,

Who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise

by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,

and through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net.//

O Lover of Man, glory to Thee!

 

Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withheld the request of his lips. (Ps 20/21:2)

Troparion of the Feast

For Thou dost meet him with goodly blessings; Thou dost set a crown of fine gold upon his head. (Ps 20/21:3)

Troparion of the Feast

Entrance Verse

Be Thou exalted, O Lord, in thy strength! We will sing and praise Thy power! (Ps 20/21:13)

Tone 8Troparion​​​

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God,

Who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise

by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit,

and through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net.//

O Lover of Man, glory to Thee!

 

Tone 8Kontakion​​

When the Most High came down and confused the tongues,

He divided the nations;

but when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all to unity.//

Therefore, with one voice we glorify the All-holy Spirit.

 

(Instead of the Trisagion, we sing:)

As many as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia.

Tone 8Prokeimenon

Their proclamation hath gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the universe! (Ps 18/19:4)

 

v: The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork.   (Ps. 18/19:1

 

​​​​Epistle

​​​​Acts 2:1-11

[1] And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
[2] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
[3] And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
[4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
[5] And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
[6] Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
[7] And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
[8] And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
[9] Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
[10] Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
[11] Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

Tone 1

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

v: By the Word of the Lord the heavens were made; and all their host by the Spirit of His mouth.  (Ps 32/33:6)

v: The Lord looked down from heaven, and saw all the sons of men.  

(Ps.32/33:13:) 

 

Gospel

​​​​John 7:37-52; 8:12

[37] In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
[38] He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
[39] (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
[40] Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
[41] Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?
[42] Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
[43] So there was a division among the people because of him.
[44] And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.
[45] Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?
[46] The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
[47] Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?
[48] Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?
[49] But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.
[50] Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)
[51] Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?
[52] They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.

[12] Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

(Instead of “It is truly meet …,” we sing:)

Rejoice, O Queen, glory of mothers and virgins!

No tongue, however sweet or fluent, is eloquent enough to praise thee worthily.

Every mind is overawed by thy childbearing.

Therefore, with one voice, we glorify thee.

Communion Hymn

Let Thy good Spirit lead me on a level path! (Ps 142/143:10)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The double meaning and double joy of Pentecost is revealed to us, first of all, in the very name of the feast. Pentecost in Greek means fifty, and in the sacred biblical symbolism of numbers, the number fifty symbolizes both the fulness of time and that which is beyond time: the Kingdom of God itself. It symbolizes the fulness of time by its first component: 49, which is the fulness of seven (7 x 7): the number of time. And, it symbolizes that which is beyond time by its second component: 49 + 1, this one being the new day, the “day without evening” of God’s eternal Kingdom. With the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s disciples, the time of salvation, the Divine work of redemption has been completed, the fulness revealed, all gifts bestowed: it belongs to us now to “appropriate” these gifts, to be that which we have become in Christ: participants and citizens of His Kingdom.

The all-night Vigil service for Pentecost begins with a solemn invitation:

“Let us celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit,
The appointed day of promise, and the fulfillment of hope,
The mystery which is as great as it is precious.”

In the coming of the Spirit, the very essence of the Church is revealed:

“The Holy Spirit provides all,
Overflows with prophecy, fulfills the priesthood,
Has taught wisdom to illiterates, has revealed fishermen as theologians,
He brings together the whole council of the Church.”

Announcements

May God bless all the fathers past, present, and future.Happy Fathers Day!
Today we will celebrate Pentecost with a picnic outside, weather permitting.
This week is a fast free period in preparation for the Saints Peter and Paul Fast beginning on June 24.
The Sunday School will take a break for three weeks and meet again on July 7.
Vespers on Wednesday, June 19, will be followed by a potluck meal and bible study of the book of Ester.
Our website needs photos of our parish life. If you have some you would like to share, please see Ben.
Forms will be passed out for our Parish Directory. Please fill them out and return them to Karen Kelley.
The next Book Group meeting will be held on July 7 after liturgy. We are reading His Life is Mine by Archmandrite Sophrony, and discussing the Introduction and Chapter 1.

 

Christ the Savior Orthodox Mission

Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of New England

425 South Main Street, Brewer, ME 04412

(With the blessing of our hiararchs, we meet at St. Teresa's Catholic Church.)

 

Services

Sundays:  9:40 am - in Brewer, Divine Liturgy (with 3rd and 6th hours) Every liturgy includes a festal meal served after the liturgy.  All are welcome.  (In our parish the meal is pot luck.)
Wednesdays: 6:00 pm - Brewer Chapel, Vespers with the 9th hour read before. Followed by a Bible study and meal.

 

Christ the Savior Contact information:

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